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'Fry and Turnbull effect' on prostate cancer



Stephen Fry: "It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that" / screen grab from bbc.com


Hospitals are seeing and treating more men with prostate cancer, partly thanks to celebrities raising awareness of the disease by speaking out about their own experiences, says the head of the NHS.


NHS chief Simon Stevens will today thank former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull and broadcaster Stephen Fry for the work they have done in urging men to come forward for help.


Both had treatment earlier this year.


Mr Stevens said they were "owed a debt of gratitude."


Full Story: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45795337

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Many are not aware that, as we get older, our prostate becomes increasingly packed full with crystals or tiny stones called prostatic calculi. Is the overabundance of these crystals the likely trigger for prostate cancer? 


Table 1

The main composition of prostatic calculi
Deposition Prostatic calculi Corpora amylacea
No. of sample Percent No. of sample Percent
Calcium phosphate (hydroxyapatite) 19/23 82.6 1/4 25.0
Calcium phosphate (hydroxyapatite) Co-deposited with calcium oxalate monohydrate (granular whewellite) 1/23 4.4 1/4 25.0
Calcium carbonate phosphate (carbonate apatite) 2/23 8.7 0/4 0
Calcium oxalate monohydrate (whewellite) 1/23 4.4 0/4 0

Data from Sfanos et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2009;106:3443-8) [9].

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